Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

We’ve seen very few butterflies this season, and when I have seen them I haven’t had a camera with me. Today, however, I was able to capture the one butterfly that was on the buddleia. It was a brown Eastern Tiger Swallowtail… “Butterflies are nature’s angels.They remind us what a gift it is to be…

Monarchs!

I cannot remember when I’ve seen so many Monarch butterflies in our garden.  It’s been several years since our Buddleia, also known as Butterfly Bush, hosted so many Monarchs. I got a little carried away trying to photograph them… “…Happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon…

What I Found On My Walk Down the Road: Joe Pye Weed

It’s everywhere here and attracts butterflies like a magnet.  A flowering plant in the sunflower family, Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern United States and Canada. But who was Joe Pye anyway?  The plant is reported to have been named for Jopi (pronounced Joe Pye), a  Native American healer who used the plant…

The beauty of the butterfly

We saw no butterflies in our garden last year until the end of summer.  This year, they have arrived in April, and so far they particularly love the azalea blooms.   We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.  (Maya Angelou)

Time enough

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. (Rabindranath Tagore)

The Last Hydrangea

The Lacecap and Mophead Hydrangeas have bloomed, and now it’s the turn of the Tardiva Hydrangea (which in past years I mistakenly thought was an Oakleaf Hydrangea).  The Tardiva is a shrub that can be trained into tree form.  Ours is a beautiful shrub at one end of the front porch. Not all of the…

A Butterfly Moment

Yesterday I followed a butterfly all over our back garden.  It spent a lot of time in the flower boxes on the back deck (where my husband had planted pansies and decorative kale that we hope will live through our mild frosts).  The butterfly then would flit off and take a rest among the fallen leaves…

I Would Love to Remove My Head

This is how I have felt all week, plagued by severe headaches that began last Sunday and have continued off and on through today (Thursday), foiling my plans for photography walks.  I blame the oppressive heat and humidity and the sudden changes in barometric pressure as storms roll in and then move on out.  Nonetheless,…

Now Appearing (for a minute) In My Corner of North Georgia: Butterflies

We used to see butterflies in abundance during the summer.  This year, they only recently have appeared, and with the weather being as cool as it is, they probably won’t be around for long.  For most of my life, August has been the hottest month of the year, the “dog days of summer”.  This year, we are…

Ese’s Shoot and Quote: Ugly

Another take on “ugly”: “Everyone is like a butterfly; they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.” (Drew Barrymore, actress) For more interpretations of ugly or to join this challenge, see http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/eses-weekly-shoot-quote-challenge-ugly/